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Postsecondary Data Collection Opt-Out

To meet federal and state reporting requirements the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) collects unit-level education data once a year in a statewide longitudinal data system called the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS). The 2017-18 PIMS PS Unit-Level Data Collection describes the data elements postsecondary institutions submit to PIMS and the intended use of the data. The collection window for AY 2017-18 data will open September 1, 2018 and close November 1, 2019.

Students attending postsecondary institutions may opt-out of Pennsylvania-mandated data collections by completing the Postsecondary Data Collection Opt-Out Form. Students must submit their opt-out request at least one month prior to postsecondary institutions submitting data to PDE. The deadline for opting-out of these collections is as follows: 

  • June 30th  

Students are responsible for opting-out of each data collection by the posted deadline and identifying the postsecondary institution(s) PDE should notify on their behalf. Students must submit a separate form for each institution attended during the collection term. PDE and the postsecondary institution are not responsible for the sharing of data that may result from a student providing inaccurate information.